Daddy’s Lost Love (Montana Daddies #4)

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Daisy is a Little fending for herself in a scary world. All her life she’s taken care of everyone else. And she’s completely drained. She needed a change of pace.
She never expected that moving forward would bring her straight back to her past. And the boy she’d been forced to leave so many years ago.
Only, he’s no longer a boy. He’s hard. Rough. Stern. Dominant. He both arouses and terrifies her.
Jed thought he was over Daisy. But when she comes back into his life old feelings arise. And his need for her burns even hotter than ever. When she meets his demands to let him make the rules and enforce them, to be a Daddy to her Little with acceptance and even a little relief, well. . .
She becomes irresistible.

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Really liked how Jed was the hero, a relative unknown.

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Lethal Game (Ghostwalkers #16)

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When Malichai Fortunes attacks a problem, he does it full force–a habit that earns the GhostWalker a painful injury and a forced vacation in San Diego, California. With nothing but physical therapy on the horizon, Malichai is starting to get restless…until a striking blue-eyed blonde makes all his senses come alive.

Amaryllis is kind and warm and sees beyond Malichai’s rough exterior, but he can tell there’s something she’s hiding. Her innate healing abilities indicate she might be a GhostWalker–albeit an untrained one. Malichai doesn’t think their crossing paths is anything more than coincidence, but he can sense that one wrong word could send Amaryllis running.

When strange events at his temporary retreat put Malichai on high alert, he knows he won’t be able to deal with the threat and keep his woman safe in his weakened state. But calling in his brothers means telling Amaryllis what he really is, and revealing that he knows the truth about her too..

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*** There are going to be some spoilers in this review! Please do not keep reading if you would prefer a spoiler-free review.

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I have a love / hate relationship with this book. I really fell in love with Malichai and Amaryllis immediately and was super interested in their relationship. The tone of this book felt a little different than the last few which was a welcome change.

As the book progressed however, I had this niggling feeling that wouldn’t go away. The plot felt forced. It didn’t make sense to me at all that Malichai wouldn’t call in his team, or one of the other teams, for backup when he was so clearly unwell, and underwater. He was essentially running two unconnected missions off the books while seriously – life threateningly – ill.

In doing so, he risked everyone’s safety. When his team finally arrived and had Jack and Ken Nolan from team 2 fly in to back out, I was excited. Finally, a bit of a reunion! Alas, it was not meant to be. They weren’t trust by team 4, and relegated to fringe security detail or ignored for the remainder of the book. They weren’t brought into provide relief or help plan, and were missing for the entire end of book climax … yet Malichai who was deathly ill with an unexplained condition was in the field.

The whole idea of Malichai acting like a hero actually made him less so in my eyes and undermined the Ghostwalkers teams. Had this been a real scenario, his actions would have put tens of thousands of lives at risk.

In the end, he ends up losing his leg, which at that point is partially his fault, considering that he consistently ignored medical advice and acted like a fool. As a romance novel though, I wasn’t expecting this to happen as Ms. Feehan usually ends with HEAs, and this was not exactly a perfectly happy ending.

It was unfortunate that I took so much issue with the plot line considering that the romance aspcet of the book was great and I loved Amaryllis. I loved Malichai too, just not in his professional capacity …

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Daddy’s Sweet Girl (Montana Daddies #3)

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On the surface Kent Jensen is an easygoing guy. But underneath lies a core of steel. He’s a Dom who is looking for a sub who will give him everything.
Total control.
What he is not looking for is a Little who is in a world of trouble…

Abby’s life is so out of control she doesn’t even know how to begin to fix it. She’s worn out, broke and trying to pay off her brother’s debts. She also has a huge crush on the most gorgeous man in the state. Not that he’d ever notice her. Shy, clumsy and plain, she knows she isn’t enough of a woman for Kent.
But when her brother’s troubles place her in danger, Kent steps in. He can’t help but want to protect her, guide her, dominate her. With Abby, everything is different. Suddenly, he wants the things he never thought he did. To be Sir in the bedroom and Daddy everywhere else.

But can he convince Abby that he wants her to be Daddy’s sweet girl forever?

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Daddy’s Sweet Girl is a daddy dom/ lg romance story between former Navy Seal and current security specialist Kent and waitress Abby. Hailing from the same small Montana town, they have known of each other forever, but don’t exactly know each other. That quickly changes when Abby saves Kent’s sister from a couple of thugs.

This is the third book in the Montana Daddies series by author Laylah Roberts. Unlike the focus on romance though, there is an increased focus on the plot in this book, at least in comparison with the previous two. Abby has attracted trouble from several directions, leading Kent to ride in and save the day.

I did like Abby’s independence at first, and I feel like she was the most resistant to falling in love or letting out her “little”, but it got old after a while as well. She is entirely too stubborn for her own good!

A brief scene from Abby’s perspective:

It wasn’t fully light out, so she hoped he couldn’t see her wince as she moved, but somehow, she thought he did.She figured that being one of Kent’s ‘boys’ he didn’t miss much. Se’d seen a number of them over the years she’d been working in the diner, and they all had this dangerous, watchful thing going on. No doubt he was some sort of superhero with excellent night vision, amazing abs and enough testosterone to power a get engine.

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Daddy’s Naughty Darling (Montana Daddies #2.5)

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Strong, sexy and dirty-as-hell!

Twelve, panty-melting romances starring Daddy Doms who command total surrender and the women who don’t stand a chance of resisting.

Penned by some of the best authors in the genre, this deliciously naughty collection of all-new stories is bursting with HOT, raw, Daddy Dom action that’s sure to leave you breathless.

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Daddy’s Naughty Darling is a novella by Laylah Roberts, featuring my favourite couple, Clint and Charlotte. It is published in an anthology called Dirty Daddies, and is available on Kindle Unlimited.

Daddy’s Naughty Darling takes place between books two and three in the Montana Daddies series, but you could also read it after finishing the series, as I did, without spoilers.

Clint and Charlie are my favourite couple in this series so I was happy that they are the characters Roberts decided to write an extra story about. The plot fills in some of the details I felt were missing in the second book, such as Charlie establishing relationships with other characters on the ranch, particularly Clint’s brother, Kent.

I definitely recommend this book for fans of the series, and fans of Daddy dom/ lg romance.

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Vendetta Road (Torpedo Ink #3)

iceIsaak “Ice” Koval is on a club mission when he sees a woman who stops him dead in his tracks. Soleil is a sweet, sexy, girl-next-door type. She’s an innocent who should be nowhere near the rough-and-ready world of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club. But Ice knows Soleil belongs with him—and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her.

After a life of drifting from one thing to the next, Soleil Brodeur is determined to take control of her life. When her breakup with her manipulative fiancé turns ugly, Soleil searches out the stranger who offered her a lifeline and ends up in a Las Vegas biker bar where she meets a gorgeous, dangerous man straight out of her most secret fantasies.

High on adrenaline, she finds herself falling faster than she thought possible. But Soleil knows little about the territory she’s stumbled into, and even less about what it really means to be Ice’s woman.…

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Vendetta Road is the third book in the Torpedo Ink series by author Christine Feehan. I am a huge fan of this author and series, but Vendetta Road was my least favourite of the three so far.

I felt that the book was extremely unbalanced between plot, relationship and sex. I swear the first 45% of the story was essentially one super long steamy evening and the Ice and Soleil start having sex within an hour or so of meeting each other, in the middle of the bar.

I am all for the author writing edgier books than she has traditionally published – figging, anyone?! -, especially considering that this series is about outlaw bikers, but IMHO, this was less steamy and more just weird. Ice and Soleil marry each other tipsy, without even knowing each other’s full names, on the very night they met, while she was running away from her abusive ex-fiance.

There were parts were I felt Soleil was TSTL … too stupid to live! She is super nice as a person – not at all a spoiled brat – but she is almost handicapped by the level of wealth and privilege she grew up in. The woman doesn’t know how to make a freaking bed!

As much as I wanted to fall in love with Ice’s story, this book just wasn’t for me. There were parts in the second half that I liked better, when the plot started to pick up a little, and Soleil started interacting more with other members of the club, like Absinthe and Savage.

The next book in the Torpedo Ink series will be published in early July 2020, and it will be Abinsthe’s book, Desolation Road. Hopefully there is more plot in that one!

Interested in books one and two? You can read reviews in just a click.

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Darker Than Love

loveOnce upon a cold, dark night, a Russian killer stole me from an alley.
I’m dangerous, but he is lethal.
I escaped once.
He won’t let me do it twice.

The revenge is his.
The betrayal is mine.
But so are the lies to protect the ones I love.

We’re cut from the same twisted cloth. Both merciless. Both damaged.
In his embrace, I find hell and heaven, his cruelly tender touch destroying and uplifting me at once.

They say a cat has nine lives, but an assassin has just one.
And Yan Ivanov now owns mine.

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Darker Than Love is a standalone dark romance set in the world of the award-winning Twist Me and Tormentor series. It was co-written by Anna Zaires – the original creator – and fellow author Charmaine Pauls. This is a full length novel.

I thought it was weird that Zaires co-wrote this book instead of writing it herself. She is a successful, established author and a great writer. Unfortunately, I felt that the act of co-writing this novel undermined the strength of it, as I could tell differences in writing style between Darker Than Love and the other books set in the same universe.

In addition, DTL is an almost identical story line to the Capture Me series by Zaires. Throughout this book, I kept having flashbacks to the other series. The similarities between the two are striking: the hero takes the heroine captive and interrogates her without harming her in any way; the heroine acts as a martyr and takes it, even though she is (mostly) innocent, in order to protect someone she loves; the hero decides to keep the heroine even though she “can’t be trusted” because she is hot and he has feelings for her that he cannot admit, even to himself.

The book is enjoyable as quick read, but I found it lacking and repetitive as a fan of the author’s other series.

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Everything we give (Everything #3)

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From the author of Everything We Keep comes the final novel in the Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling Everything Series. Brimming with suspense, mystery, and romance, Everything We Give brings to a powerful close the gripping series of love, lies, and the secrets families keep.

Award-winning photographer Ian Collins made only one mistake in life, but it cost his mother her freedom and destroyed their family, leaving Ian to practically raise himself. For years he’s been estranged from his father, and his mother has lived off the grid. For just as long, he has searched for her.

Now, Ian seemingly has it all—national recognition for his photographs; his loving wife, Aimee; and their adoring daughter, Caty. Only two things elude him: a feature in National Geographic and finding his mother. When the prized magazine offers him his dream project on the same day that Aimee’s ex-fiancé, James, returns bearing a message for Ian but putting a strain on his marriage, Ian must make a choice: chase after a coveted assignment or reconnect with a mysterious woman who might hold the key to putting his past to rest. But the stakes are high, because Ian could lose the one thing he holds most dear: his family.

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This is the third book in a series. You can read my reviews on the first and second novels as well.

Everything We Give is the final instalment of the Everything series, and is written from the perspective of Ian, who was originally introduced in the first novel in this series. Throughout the book, the timeline jumps between Ian’s childhood and the present day, with the vast majority of scenes told from his POV.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, and highly recommend the series. It combines family drama, with mystery and romance, and would be a good fit for readers of any of those genres.

Lonsdale always includes an aspect of mysticism and psychology in her works, something which I enjoy. It adds depth to the plot-line and lends a feeling of realism to the turmoil her characters face. These books are extremely well written; everything that unfolds feels natural and organic.

This book is narrated by Andrew Eiden and Amy Landon. I really liked Andrew’s performance as Ian, but Amy Landon’s voice did not suit my perception of Amiee at all. I wish that the publisher had kept the original narrator of Amiee’s POV, from the first audiobook in this series. Otherwise, I greatly enjoyed the narration of Everything We Give and I am excited to listen to the next book by Kerry Lonsdale soon.

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Everything we left behind (Everything #2)

2From the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Everything We Keep comes the highly anticipated sequel. Told from one man’s two perspectives, Everything We Left Behind effortlessly blends suspense, mystery, and romance in an exploration of loss, resilience, and the compelling need to protect the ones we love at all cost.

Two months before his wedding, financial executive James Donato chased his trade-laundering brother Phil to Mexico, only to be lost at sea and presumed dead. Six and a half years later, he emerges from a dissociative fugue state to find he’s been living in Oaxaca as artist Carlos Dominguez, widower and father of two sons, with his sister-in-law Natalya Hayes, a retired professional surfer, helping to keep his life afloat. But his fiancée, Aimee Tierney, the love of his life, has moved on. She’s married and has a child of her own.

Devastated, James and his sons return to California. But Phil is scheduled for release from prison, and he’s determined to find James, who witnessed something in Mexico that could land Phil back in confinement. Under mounting family pressure, James flees with his sons to Kauai, seeking refuge with Natalya. As James begins to unravel the mystery of his fractured identity, danger is never far behind, and Natalya may be the only person he can trust.

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This is book two in the series and should be read in order. You can read my review of the first novel here.

Everything we left behind was a great book, an interesting follow-up the original story. Most books in a series like this tend to follow the same characters throughout, so when I started reading the first, I expected all three books to be told from Aimee’s point of view. However, the second story takes place in two different time periods and from dual perspectives: Carlos’ POV, picking up immediately after Aimee’s visit to Oaxaca, and James’ POV, in the “present day”, in a post-fugue state.

This is a family drama, a who-dun-it. There is mystery, a little bit of romance, and single parent shenanigans.

My favourite part of Kerry Lonsdale’s writing is that she creates flawed characters, flawed people. There is no one in her story that is wholly good or wholly bad, and each person struggles to find their way through such impossible situations.

I am very excited to read the final book in this series, and will start listening to it soon, although at this point, I have no idea whose POV it will cover as James’ story seems to be completed. I am guessing it will be about Phil, or possibly Thomas?

I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Timothy Andrés Pabon, who had a lovely accent. I enjoyed listening him and plan to listen to the last in the series as well.

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Daddy’s Little Darling (Montana Daddies #2)

darlingShe was desperate, homeless and alone…
Charlie was used to fending for herself. She wasn’t necessarily that good at it, considering she was currently living in her car, but it was the only life she knew. She didn’t have family or friends and she certainly wasn’t used to anyone caring about what she did.

Then she takes a temporary job on Sanctuary Ranch, where the men are all dominant and alpha and the woman are cherished and protected. And suddenly there are rules, and consequences for breaking them, and she isn’t certain how she feels about that. Considering the man acting as her guardian is also her boss, and the sexiest, most dominant man she’s ever met.
He’s blunt, gruff and used to getting his way…

Clint likes to be in control. Craves it. What he doesn’t like are surprises. And that’s exactly what she is. A complete and utter shock to the system. She’s in need of a protector, a Daddy to take care of her.
But that someone can’t be him.

Contains one totally Alpha Daddy Dom and a woman who manages to tug at his every protective instinct.

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Daddy’s Little Darling is my favourite book in this series!

Author Laylah Roberts did an excellent job building on the world she introduced in Daddy Bear. Readers are introduced to a number of secondary characters who had great potential to star in future books in this series. This world-building is an extremely important feature of series for me, no matter the genre. Without it, all you have is a succession of standalones, not a true series.

Charlie is introduced to us in adult form, and she maintains that persona for several chapters, before her Little emerges. I think this made it easier for me to connect to her character and accept the relationship between her and Clint.

I love the little bits of humour that break through in this series. When there is dialogue between non-romantic characters, you can tell that it is establishing a great background and I wish the author would bring this out more.

For example, here is a snippet of conversation between Bear and Clint.

“You’ve got something to say, Bear. Just say it.”

“Wasn’t that long ago that you wanted a chat with me about Ellie. Remember that?”

“That was a different situation.”

“Was it?”

“Clearly Ellie was meant to be with you. You were stomping around in a bad temper, too stubborn to go to her. I was helping.”

“Helping … interfering … sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference with you.”

Additionally, I think that this book was better balanced than the first in the series, and appealed to me much more. I am definitely going to be reading more things from Ms. Roberts.

There is one scene, that happened off-page between chapters 8 and 9, that I wish had been written out, for the reader to enjoy. I can’t elaborate without revealing a spoiler, but I really hope that at some point the author writes it as a bonus scene, and pushes it out to ebook versions.

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Daddy Bear (Montana Daddies #1)

bearAfter years of being lied to and used, Ellie just wants a new life. On her own terms.
There’s just one small problem. On her way to that new life, she crashes her car during a snow storm and is rescued by a huge hunk of a man. A man who goes by the name of Bear, has thighs as big as tree trunks, and an extreme case of bossiness.

If anyone ever needed a keeper, it was this girl. Bear knows he shouldn’t touch her, shouldn’t get involved, and yet the close quarters of a tiny cabin in a snow storm make him do things he normally wouldn’t.
Like offering her a temporary arrangement, with him as her Daddy Dom.

Contains a hot, alpha Daddy Dom and a woman who needs his special brand of love.

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Daddy Bear is a daddydom / (adult) little girl romance set in the Montana in the dead of winter. The majority of the book takes place with the hero and heroine trapped in a cabin in the forest, waiting out a blizzard and uncleared roads.

I think it is a great introduction to the subset of D/s that is a daddydom relationship. The concept of consent is regularly repeated between during the story and Bear is an absolute sweetheart. He is always super careful around Ellie.

Ellie is a virgin before she and Bear get together and I thought that the pain she was in during intercourse for the first time was pretty realistic, especially considering their size differences. I hate when it’s all sunshine and roses and completely unrealistic. Even though that is what some romance readers are clearly looking for, it ruins the story for me if too many details are unbelievable. A girl can only suspend belief so many times!

I would recommend this book :)

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